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Advance Community Set to Launch a Health and Wellness Program at Maggie’s Place
By Rayna Burgett - Monday Jul 24, 2023
(PHOENIX, Ariz.–July 24, 2023)–Advance Community, a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization that provides health education, disease prevention, and nutrition education in under-resourced Latino communities across the Valley and around the world, has received a generous grant from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation to support Maggie’s Place Health and Wellness Program.

This two-year program is expected to launch in July 2023 and will open doors to exciting new opportunities for the organization and the communities it serves. Advance’s collaboration with Maggie’s Place, a provider of safe housing and support services for homeless pregnant women, strengthens the organization’s vision of health equity for everyone.

“We are thrilled to be working with such an important community partner like Maggie’s Place,” says President & CEO Jeri Royce. “Health and wellness initiatives are at the forefront of our mission and the generous support from the Halle Foundation will allow us to continue to drive that mission forward.”

The funding provides new opportunities for Advance to expand internally as well, with Royce having plans to introduce a new staff member to the team to oversee the program.

“Advance celebrates every new possibility for strengthening our staff and volunteers,” continued Royce. “The Halle Foundation funding provided for this project not only supports the expansion of our programs to organizations like Maggie’s Place but affords us the opportunity to bring Simonne Campos to join us in our mission as our newest Program Coordinator/Community Health Educator.”

Campos is an Arizona State University graduate dedicated to creating positive change and achieving health equity through collaborations with the community.

“I am thrilled to be joining Advance as they expand their programs at Maggie’s Place,” says Campos. “I look forward to being a part of Advance’s mission to advocate for under-resourced communities.”

The funding from the Halle Foundation is helping set the tone for Advance’s future in creating thriving communities and healthy lives in Arizona and across the globe.

About Advance
Advance has been dedicated to transforming lives since its inception in 1970. Formerly known as Esperança, Advance works within under-resourced communities across the globe, providing health education, food security, disease prevention, access to clean water, ecological home-building and life-altering surgeries in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mozambique, and Peru. Further, Advance strengthens under-resourced Latino communities across Maricopa County through programs such as oral health, chronic disease prevention/management, nutrition education and healthy meal delivery. With the vision of health equity for everyone and the goal to improve the future of healthcare, the Phoenix-based nonprofit is dedicated to advancing communities to help under-resourced children, adults and seniors live sustainable and fulfilling lives.

About Maggie’s Place
Serving Moms for 23 years, Maggie’s Place is committed to serving mothers – upholding dignity, providing support for those experiencing barriers to thriving, and building an inclusive, trauma-informed community. Being founded in the spirit of Catholic social teaching, our core values of love, hospitality, community, and excellence derive from these principles. As we have grown over the years, we have remained true to our core values and mission, while proactively seeking to be a community that welcomes and integrates moms, staff and AmeriCorps members from all faith traditions and walks of life around our common purpose.

About The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation
The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation now serves as a statewide leader in providing philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of human services, health & medical, education, arts & culture, and spirituality. The Halle Foundation identifies and funds outstanding nonprofits to ensure that all people can build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives. For more information visit: http://www.dianeandbrucehallefoundation.org